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The 7 Spices You Need For Fall

Ah, fall. Just a glimpse of one perfectly turned leaf inspires cravings for cozy sweaters, apple picking, pumpkin-spiced lattes and, if you’re anything like us, cooking. Lots and lots of cooking.

Still, we’ve all been in that situation when you decide to make an especially fall dinner, Google a recipe and realize you don’t have any of the ingredients—particularly the spices. Who wants to spend $5 for a jar of cloves when you don't know what to do with them, and is Korintje cinnamon the same thing as regular cinnamon? What about cardamom? What is that, and do you really need it?

Questions like these can kill motivation quicker than the debut of “Stanger Things” Season 2. Then again, if you already had all the essential spices in your cabinet, you could cook dinner and still have time for a solid binge.

Below, the spices you should just suck it up and go buy now, so that you have them for later—like when you want to eat perfectly creamy butternut squash soup while waiting for Barb to come back from the dead. A girl can dream, right?

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Cinnamon

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With a mild, subtlety sweet flavor, this familiar spice lends itself to both dinner and dessert. You’ll need it for everything from curries and stewed fruit to coffee cakes, snickerdoodles and cinnamon rolls. It also doesn’t hurt to sprinkle it on top of smoothies and oatmeal. As with all spices, be sure to replace it every year if its smell has dulled—you want it to be vibrant.

Cloves

Clove Spice

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Sweet and warming, cloves bring a distinctly grown-up flavor to stews, curries and braised meat dishes. Especially delicious when added to recipes with orange or molasses, they’re also great with winter squash and ham. You can even use them in citrus, apple, pear and chocolate desserts, or grind them up for homemade chai tea.

Cardamom

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An aromatic, almost smoky spice, cardamom is at its best when combined with cinnamon and cloves. Use it to add depth to hearty breads, or enhance a stack of pancakes. It’s also great in shortbread cookies, gingerbread and chocolate desserts.

Nutmeg

Nutmeg Spice

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Sweet, nutty and earthy, nutmeg has a beautifully robust flavor. When used in small amounts, it helps to develop things like figs, roasted squash and cauliflower soup. Add it to custards, rice puddings and sweet potato pie for a pungent kick, or sprinkle it into mulled wine and ciders.

Ginger

Ginger

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Great with garlic in savory dishes, ginger also pairs perfectly with citrus, apple, pear and pumpkin desserts. Use freshly grated or even crystallized ginger to amp up fruit, or just sprinkle the powdered version in things like gingerbread, oatmeal cookies and carrot cakes for instant fall flavor.

Allspice

Allspice

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Tasting of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and black pepper, allspice brings delicious depth of flavor to everything from curries to fruit pies. Just be careful when using it, a little goes a long way. Sprinkle a little over savory dishes like baked squash and pumpkin, or add it to cookies, cakes and pies.

Chinese Five Spice

Chinese Five Spice

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A mixture of star anise, Szechuan peppercorns, fennel, cassia and cloves, this exotic blend helps enhance fall fruits like cranberries and apples. It also works really well with vanilla so feel free to experiment by adding it to other fall baked goods. Remember, all Made In pans are oven safe and are perfect for many baked items as recommended on the best stainless steel cookware sets.

By, Natalie Beauregard

1 comment

  • Anya Juan Risco

    Sounds good

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